With winter upon us, it’s time to think about holiday décor. Aside from outdoor lights around your window or wreaths on your door, one detail that often gets left to the last minute is the centrepiece. Now, the centrepiece is typically reserved for the holiday dinner table or buffet table, but it can also add a wintery touch for the entire season – not just a day or two – starting now! If you have holiday lights on your windows for an entire month or two, you can have a winter-inspired centrepiece on your coffee table or kitchen table too. It takes a little bit of planning for centrepieces, just like remembering to turn ON those holiday lights every evening, but with some preparations, it’s totally worth it!
The trick is selecting long-lasting foliage and flowers. The amazing part about holiday flower arrangements is the ability to use hardy and wintery scented foliage that have a long vase life. Here we used white pine branches and cedar branches which bring those wintery outdoor scents inside. If you are lucky enough to have some evergreens in your yard, clip some of your own branches for this project. We also mixed some seeded eucalyptus for texture. You’ll also need fresh flowers. Here, we chose alstroemeria, roses, snapdragons, lilies and mums – all long-lasting options – in holiday colours.
You’ll need clear scotch tape, fresh water, and a handy branch or flower cutters. Finally, select a vase you love. Ours is a simple clear glass vase, about the size of a large soup can. This is the right size for a dinner-table or coffee table.
1. Fill your vase 2/3rds up with water. Using scotch tape, tape it in a grid pattern like it is shown above.
2. With your foliage, cut the stems 1 and a half times the height of your vase. Remove any leaves that look like they would be submerged in water once inserted in your vase.
TIP: The longer you cut your stems the more flowers you will need to fill your vase.
3. With the foliage, insert each stem into your vase in a clockwise pattern, evenly spaced within your taped grid, until the top of the vase is covered in greens.
TIP: Rotate your vase, 1 quarter turn, every few minutes to ensure your arrangement looks great from all angles.
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4. With your flowers, cut the stems 1 and a half times the height of your vase and remove the excess leaves as you did with the foliage in step 2.
5. Proceed to insert each flower stem as you did in step 3.
TIP: Start with one flower type at a time so they are evenly spaced. In addition, we also started with the flowers with the smallest heads.
6. Lastly, the details. Rotate your arrangement and trim or adjust any stems that you feel are out of place.
Then place your arrangement in a location where everyone can admire it.
For maintenance: change the water every 3 days. Remove expired stems as you see them and replace them with new ones if you desire. You can even add pine-cones or ball ornaments in your arrangement for an extra festive look!
There you have it!
You have just learned how to create a fresh holiday bouquet.
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